The Badgers were in full pads for the first time during fall camp Tuesday morning, the beginning of two straight days in full pads with the first scrimmage set for Wednesday afternoon. Here are some notes/thoughts on Tuesday morning's session:
- Adam Espinoza continues to look impressive kicking field goals. Mike Allen and Scott Campbell also hit all of their attempts during the special teams portion of practice. Espinoza also booted one kickoff through the back of the endzone, prompting many congratulations from nearby teammates and coaches.
Coach Barry Alvarez has been very pleased with his kickers so far.
"All three of our kickers have kicked very well. They've competed well," Alvarez said. "They've hit everything. When they've missed, they've hit it well, and R.J. (Morse) has really punted super, he's been very consistent. I've been pleased with the consistency they've shown us so far."
Alvarez said he's thinking about using Campbell as a pooch punter because of his ability to get good hang time and kick directionally. He also will serve as the No. 2 punter behind Morse. As for the kickoffs and field goals, Campbell has a battle ahead of him, but Alvarez said he has been pleased with his performance so far.
"He's done everything we asked him to do. He's punted it just like he said he could punt it, he's hit the ball well. His kickoffs are very high. I have no qualms. We got what we thought we would get," Alvarez said.
There's no doubt Alvarez won't be playing any favorites when it comes to naming his starting kickers. He just wants anybody to step up that can get the job done.
"I'd like one that makes it. It could be three that make them. I don't care," Alvarez said. "I just want to have confidence. I want them to have confidence that we are going to hit a reasonable percentage, and we're going to get what we're looking for in the kickoff. So whether it's one, two, three, it doesn't make any difference to me."
- One surprise change Tuesday morning was to see Chuckie Cowans working with the No. 1 defense at cornerback in place of Scott Starks, who worked with the No. 2 unit. Meanwhile, Jim Leonhard, Ryan Aiello and B.J. Tucker held down their starting spots.
"We're looking for some answers back there, and I think we do have a lot of guys that have shown improvement," Alvarez said. "I think what (Defensive Backs Coach) Ron (Cooper) is trying to do is show people no one has anything locked up."
Mark Zalewski worked with the No. 1 defense at the Mike linebacker position again in Jeff Mack's absence (class).
- Jonathan Orr had a spectacular practice Tuesday morning, catching three balls in traffic for touchdowns in skeleton drills. Although Orr has had a solid fall camp overall, this morning he really came alive.
Alvarez said he's been very pleased with the entire receiving crew.
"A lot of them have caught my eye," Alvarez said. "And if somebody misses a practice or misses some snaps, a lot of guys have stepped up, and the silver lining in it is we're establishing some depth at wide receiver. I think the two freshmen (Brandon Williams and Brandon White) have been outstanding. I think Travaan (Hayes) has improved, Jonathan Orr has improved, I could go on and on.
"I've just been very satisfied with that whole receiving group. A lot of them are getting repetitions, a lot of them are getting chances and I see them respond…and you know what? Enrique Cook has done a nice job too. Those other guys have just really stood out. That's why I mentioned (them)."
- Russ Kuhns is still working as the No. 1 fullback despite heavy competition from Matt Bernstein, while Booker Stanley and Dwayne Smith are getting plenty of reps with the No. 1 and 2 offenses.
- Jeff Holzbauer and Enrique Cook got a look with the kick return team Tuesday morning. Holzbauer made the play of the morning with a touchdown grab in triple coverage, thrown by Devin Hollins.
Tuesday Morning Practice Report
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